- Understand the latest concepts and terminology for muscle overactivity in upper motor neurone disorders.
- Understand the administration and mechanism of effect for BoNT-A.
- Understand the data relating to safety and efficacy for the use of upper limb BoNT-A injections in children.
- Understand possible adverse events following upper limb injection of BoNT-A.
- Review upper limb anatomy and the impact of muscle overactivity following upper motor neurone disorders.
- Gain confidence for the recommendation of specific upper limb muscles for injection of BoNT-A.
- Understand the role of the therapist in upper limb spasticity management.
- Gain confidence in who, how, why and when to recommend children for upper limb injection of BoNT-A.
- Understand the aims of upper limb BoNT-A injection in children (function and symptom management).
- Gain confidence in the timing, planning and implementation of evidence-based intervention following upper limb BoNT-A.
- Objectively evaluate outcomes pre and post upper limb BoNT-A injection.
The 2-day practical and interactive training course, designed specifically for clinicians, will focus on the implementation of evidence-based interventions for children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP). Using the latest evidence and knowledge from scientific literature, the course will assist clinicians in making sense of who, how, why and when to chose a particular upper limb intervention. The course will provide clinicians with the confidence and practical skills to implement interventions such as modified constraint-induced movement therapy, bimanual occupational therapy and goal-directed training. It will focus on practical considerations, such as the individual characteristics of the child (age, cognitive function, motivation) and the importance of environment and behaviour management to ensure the most effective outcomes. Participants will also learn how to objectively evaluate treatment. Detailed course notes and reference material will be provided.